Magnetic Field Measurements in Orbit and on Planetary Surfaces Using a Digital Fluxgate Magnetometer

  1. Robert F. Pfaff,
  2. Josep E. Borovsky and
  3. David T. Young
  1. J. Rustenbach1,
  2. H. U. Auster2,
  3. A. Lichopoj3,
  4. H. Bitterlich1,
  5. K. H. Fornacon2,
  6. O. Hillenmaier4,
  7. R. Krause1 and
  8. H. J. Schenk1

Published Online: 20 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118664391.ch13

Measurement Techniques in Space Plasmas Fields

Measurement Techniques in Space Plasmas Fields

How to Cite

Rustenbach, J., Auster, H. U., Lichopoj, A., Bitterlich, H., Fornacon, K. H., Hillenmaier, O., Krause, R. and Schenk, H. J. (2013) Magnetic Field Measurements in Orbit and on Planetary Surfaces Using a Digital Fluxgate Magnetometer, in Measurement Techniques in Space Plasmas Fields (eds R. F. Pfaff, J. E. Borovsky and D. T. Young), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1002/9781118664391.ch13

Author Information

  1. 1

    Max-Plank Institut FüR Extraterrestrische Physik, AußEnstelle Berlin, 12489 Berlin, Germany

  2. 2

    Tu Braunschweig, Institut FüR Geophysik Und Meteorologie, 38106 Braunschweig, Germany

  3. 3

    Dlr Berlin, Institut FüR Planetenerkundung, 12489 Berlin, Germany

  4. 4

    Magson Gmbh, 12489 Berlin, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1998

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900865

Online ISBN: 9781118664391

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Keywords:

  • Space plasmas—measurement;
  • Electric fields—Measurement;
  • Cosmic magnetic fields—measurement

Summary

The first model of a three component fluxgate magnetometer based on a near sensor digitization of the fluxgate signals (digital fluxgate magnetometer) will be presented. High flexibility as well as low power and weight requirements are the main arguments to qualify the digital magnetometer for planetary missions. Tests have shown that the low noise level and long term stability of the reduced electronics and the described algorithm are good enough, so that only the sensor noise and stability limits the accuracy of the magnetometer.